April 27, 2017

MDIFW NEWS -- Maine Warden Service Graduates Ten New Game Wardens

[Vassalboro, Maine – April 27, 2017] Today, the Maine Warden Service graduated ten new game wardens at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. The new wardens recently completed an extensive 12-week advanced academy specifically for Maine’s game wardens. The Advanced Warden Academy followed the 18-week Basic Law Enforcement Training Program (BLETP) required of all full-time Maine police officers. The past 12 weeks prepared the new wardens by utilizing classroom, field and scenario based training components.

Critical aspects of game warden work to include search and rescue, recreational vehicle crash investigation, snowmobiling, water survival, physical fitness, Jiu Jitsu, public relations, and bureau policies and procedures are among the many topics of training covered.

Speaking before today’s class was Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner Chandler Woodcock, Game Warden Service Colonel Joel Wilkinson, Chaplain Kate Braestrup, Warden Service Captain Shon Theriault, class speaker Game Warden Harry Wiegman and keynote speaker Game Warden Lieutenant Adam Gormely.

Photo courtesy of the Maine Warden Service. Today’s graduates from left to right with home town and new district assignments:

Back Row: Kale Oleary – From Fort Kent, Maine going to Masardis District Harry Wiegman – From Leeds, Maine going to the Rangeley District Taylor Valente – From Gray-New Gloucester, Maine going to Rockwood District Camden Akins – From Winslow, Maine going to Chamberlain Lake District Kyle Franklin – From Durham, Maine going to Estcourt Station District John Carter – From Orrington, Maine going to Blue Hill District Front Row: Nick Raymond – From Winslow, Maine going to Fort Kent District Megan Miller – From Pittsfield, Maine going to Mars Hill District Lauren Roddy – From Belgrade, Maine going to Jackman District Kayle Hamilton – From Buxton, Maine going to Clayton Lake District